1809 – 1847 Honey Millett

Marchioness of Ely

Honey Millett was born 1st September 1809 at Lansallos, Cornwall to Revd John Curnow Millett and Mary Honey. He was Christened on 25th October 1809 in the parish of Lansallos.

At the age of 14 in 1823, Honey joined the Maritime Service of the East India Company as a midshipman on board the Marchioness of Ely (pictured above), a Blackwall Frigate, built for the East India Co. and launched in 1812.  At the age of 18, he became a purser onboard the same ship c1827. 14

Midshipmans Mess on Board the Honourable Cos Ship Marchioness of Ely, c.1826-32
Midshipman’s Mess on Board the Honourable Cos Ship Marchioness of Ely, c.1826-32

In 1830 he joined the HCS Thomas Grenville until in 1832 he joined HCS Buckinghamshire.

In 1837 Honey lived in London at 2, St. Georges Place, St. Georges Road, Lambeth. In 1841 the first modern UK census recorded his occupation as HC Services.

At some point between 1841 and 1843, the family moved to Liverpool where they lived in the Mount Pleasant district at 7 Brownlow Street. In 1844, Honey was recorded as being a Commission Agent to Messrs Pascoe, Grenfell and Sons, copper merchants.

Honey married Mary Ann Turner (b. India 1814-1889) on 24 November 1834 at St Hilary, Cornwall. 1

Children:

Honey died of typhus fever (17 days certified) on 14 August 1847 at Liverpool, Lancashire aged 38.  His will was proved on 18 September 1847.  [The Economist Volume 5, Issue 2]  Honey was buried in St James Cemetery Liverpool, (Grave No. 339). 2

At the time of Honey’s death, his widow was pregnant and on 6th April 1847 she gave birth to a son. He was Christened Honey in memory of his father. 


  1. Honey worked for the East India Shipping Company and it looks like he only married so that he could get a pension!! When the company ceased to trade, only married employees were entitled to a pension. I can’t remember exactly without searching through tons of paperwork, but he only married about 1-2 weeks prior to discharge and there was a sarcastic note about this on his discharge papers!
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